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January/February 2016
In this issue

Damian Lewis • January/February 2016

Actor Damian Lewis, the former star of “Homeland,” returns to television as a hedge-fund rogue with a common touch in the upcoming Showtime series “Billions.” Read about his knack for playing complex characters with a sympathetic side in February's Cigar Aficionado, on newsstands now. Plus, we go inside the world of fantasy sports betting, look at the potential future of Cuban cigars in a post-embargo market and Congressman Peter King assesses the risks facing Americans today. Additionally, we rate 104 cigars, including Cigar Aficionado's annual list of the Top 25 Cigars of the Year.

Features

One In A Billion

One In A Billion

Heads turn as Damian Lewis strides into a Le Pain Quotidien franchise in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. Lewis, in sunglasses, walks the length of the restaurant unmolested …

Risks Facing America

Risks Facing America

A group of extremists who turned the quiet streets of Paris into a war zone. A nuclear state hoping to launch its missiles across the globe. A former empire expanding its …

Ticket To The Top

Ticket To The Top

With the posse continually in the distance but always on their trail, Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy turns to Robert Redford as the Sundance Kid in their legendary 1969 buddy movie …

The Realty Of Fantasy

The Realty Of Fantasy

Everything being equal, Assani Fisher would much rather be in Las Vegas. But, like all professional gamblers, he follows the action. And, as of this past October 15, the world …

Cigars

Life After Number One

Life After Number One

January 6, 2012, 10 A.M. A button is pressed in New York City and a copper, gold and blue cigar band appears on the screens of a waiting world. A minute later the phones begin to …

Cuba’s American Plan

Cuba’s American Plan

For the last 55 years, Cuba's cigar company has focused on the rest of the world, not the United States. Despite ignoring their northern neighbor on an official level, illegal …

Ratings from this Issue

97
points

My Father Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo Box Pressed

Issue Date: January 1, 2016
My Father Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo Box Pressed
96
points

Ramon Allones Specially Selected

Issue Date: January 1, 2016
Ramon Allones Specially Selected
95
points

CAO Flathead V660 Carb

Issue Date: January 1, 2016
CAO Flathead V660 Carb
94
points

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Belicoso

Issue Date: January 1, 2016
Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Belicoso

Up Front

Thoughts for the Year Ahead

Thoughts for the Year Ahead

As we write this editors' note 2015 is coming to an end. It has been a stellar year for  Cigar Aficionado , with some of the most impressive subjects ever to grace our covers: …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, Your Editors' Note came during a very, very important time. We do live in a media-crazed era where ratings and drama thrive. I struggle with finding my own outlets …

The Good Life

Made For You

Made For You

In a world of fast food and one-size-fits-all sensibilities, how often does something feel made especially for you? The "Made for You" section celebrates those items that are …

Mukul Resort, Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua

Mukul Resort, Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua

Undulating forested topography dramatically meets the sea where sandstone cliffs rise above the water to define a cove that protects Manzanillo Beach at Mukul. The resort serves …

BMW 7-Series

BMW 7-Series

BMW has long billed itself the maker of "the ultimate driving machine." Models like the new M3 performance sedan certainly live up to that expectation. But what to do in an era …

Steinway Spirio Player Piano

Steinway Spirio Player Piano

Player pianos, even the so-called superior ones, have always had the same problem—rigidity. While a self-playing piano may get most of the notes right for, say, the Liszt Piano …

Bauman Rare Books

Bauman Rare Books

When someone tries to convince me of the pleasure of reading a book online or with a Nook, I wonder if he ever held a rare book in his hands and felt its aesthetic appeal. Hold …

Meat Grinders

Meat Grinders

Marketers have no shortage of cooking gizmo and gimmicks—juicers and boilers, choppers and graters—designed for some very specific task, but destined to wind up on a shelf. Men …

Tie Your Own Flies

Tie Your Own Flies

Every fisherman knows the primal joy of reeling in a fish hearty enough to eat. But true angler's nirvana comes only when supper is caught using flies you've crafted with your own …

Paul Stuart Estate Jacket

Paul Stuart Estate Jacket

For variations in form and function when it comes to men's clothes, always look to outerwear. That's because so much of it is handed down to us from specific uses, typically …

Breitling Emergency II

Breitling Emergency II

Fans of James Bond may recall Breitling's role in 1965's Thunderball . The ingenious Q outfitted the brand's Top Time dive watch with a Geiger counter, so the spy could locate …

The Beer Cooler

The Beer Cooler

The calendar is full of entertainment occasions when sophisticated cocktails calling for a slew of specialized gear are in order, but when it's Super Bowl time the drinking palate …

Cigar Jar Humidors

Cigar Jar Humidors

Sometimes cigars come packaged in ceramic, glass or porcelain jars that typically end up as decorations in a smoking room. They look good lined up on the shelf in your man cave. …